Fort Lauderdale police step up patrols in Sistrunk Corridor

Action plan in place until September 11

Published On: Aug 30 2012 04:41:48 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 21 2012 11:02:52 PM EDT
Police in Sistrunk Corridor
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department announced its plan to reduce crime in the Sistrunk Corridor on Tuesday.

The goal of the plan, which began on August 13, is to improve the quality of life along the Sistrunk Corridor and reduce crime, Detective DeAnna Garcia said in a news release.

Business owners said they were happy to see more police officers on foot.

"I've been here since 1967," said Robert Hodge, who owns a barbershop.

Hodge has seen the plight and redevelopment in the area firsthand.

"I do think, it really really is a milestone, something that was long forthcoming, you know. So, to me it can't be nothing but something good for the police to be more visible. That's good, too," said Hodge

Police plan on using high visibility patrols of officers on foot, bicycles and vehicles, traffic enforcement, store and property checks, prostitution and drug enforcement, and other undercover operations.

The plan will be in effect until September 11.